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NEW YORK — The US Food and Drug Administration last week granted separate Emergency Use Authorizations for PCR-based SARS-CoV-2 tests developed by BioFire Diagnostics and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

The BioFire Respiratory Panel 2.1-EZ is a point-of-care test designed to detect and differentiate between nucleic acids from SARS-CoV-2 and 20 other viral and bacterial respiratory pathogens — including various influenza A subtypes, respiratory syncytial virus, and Bordetella pertussis — in nasopharyngeal swabs.

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22
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Sponsored by
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